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Old 11-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #15
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I agree with the comment to buy used and decide if RVing is for you and it also gives you a chance to decide what type and style RV is suited to your needs and lifestyle. Buying used can be daunting as with any other used product but finding a good dealer (and there are some) is the trick and having an idea what you wnat is another.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:05 PM   #16
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interior floor plan is most important. That is where you drive, where you live. Do you want a mid salon, a mid galley, front entry, mid entry, even a toy hauler? Find the floor plan 1st. Then look at your budget and go shopping.. my wife likes windows and an open floor plan with a front entry. When we found units at RV show she said that is what we wanted. Then we shopped till we found one with a similar floor plan and bought it. Gas or diesel is available with almost any unit. what are you going to tow. Will yo full time? All those kind of questions need to be asked and answered. good luck ed

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:45 AM   #17
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If you go to the forum section for model specific motor homes, you can identify some model specific issues. I think to answer your question, Newell, Prevost, Foretravel are usually considered the top quality/luxury models but most of us can't or won't spend the money for them. The rest of the brand/models can each good and bad qualities and supporters and detracters. Most folks find a brand or model they like and will be understanding of it's deficits and like the compromises they make because the positives outweigh the negatives for them. I do agree that you need to define your priotities as far as money willing to spend, amenties and lay out that will work for you, and other priotities and then begin looking at the motor homes that best meet those needs. When we first started looking, we spent two years of searching the web, driving from state to state, looking at motorhomes. It became pretty clear to use there were some brands/models, we just did not like. We settled on being able to afford and like the quality of the Monaco and Newmar. Ended up with a Newmar and are now on our second and have not been disappointed in our decision.

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